Holy Yum – Buffalo Chicken Burgers

I still need to work out my timing on getting things done, now that my commute is longer – it took me 40 minutes to get to work yesterday morning.Β  I already had my lunch figured out, but stopped by the store and picked up some energy bars (they are with the bagel section) and some Jimmy Dean turkey bowls to put in our freezer at work.

While I ate my 8 point energy bar – my camera ate the picture!Β  It was delicious though and may count as my bagel for the week. πŸ˜€

Thanks for all your well wishes on my new job – I was reading the comments on my blackberry throughout the day.Β  One good piece of news . . . I am busy!Β  Tony knows how much I hate just sitting and doing nothing – and I found out I have Friday off for Good Friday!Β  My PIL are coming into town tonight, so they will be over for Easter as well as my Mom, SIL, and my nephews and great-nephew – whew, we’ll have a full house!

I saw the buffalo chicken burgers on Jessica’s site a while back – quickly added it to my “list of things to make” and quickly forgot about them.Β  Such a shame because not only are they easy, they are delicious – I have problems with buying ground chicken – I never know exactly what is “ground” into them.Β Β  That’s why I grind my own chicken in my award winning buffalo chicken chili. πŸ˜€

While the ingredients are mostly the same for the chicken patties:

Buffalo Chicken Burgers

  • makes 4 (4 oz.) patties – 4 PointsPlus Each


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (will leave this out next time – I think the Frank’s hot sauce and grated Parmesan has enough salt)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup buffalo wing sauce
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (reduced from 1/2 cup)


  1. Put all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse until combined.Β  Form into 4 patties – cook between 8-10 minutes total.Β  Top with your favorite cheese, add a bun and slice some carrots and celery on the side.

My lunch: 1 buffalo chicken patty (4 points) 1 magic roll (3 points) 1/2 an ounce of provolone cheese (1.5) – 8.5 for the burger, and then add another 1.5 for my light ranch I dipped my carrots and celery in.Β  10 PointsPlus and it was so filling and good.

I have no natural light in my office space now - and my new boss doesnt know me or know about the blog - pretty soon Ill venture my camera to the natural light! πŸ˜€

This shitty Chicago weather is really wearing Tony and I down.Β Β  Yesterday morning when I left the house it was 37 degrees and raining sideways. πŸ™Β  Over the weekend I made one of my versions of Cincinnati chili – so dinner last night was quick and delicious – I only made it with 1 pound of ground beef, so each serving is 5 points – but I add beans to mine. πŸ˜€

Serving of chili (2/3 cup) 5 points, 1/2 cup cooked pasta is 2 points, 1/2 cup kidney beans is 2 points and 3/4 ounce cheese is 2 points – dinner comes in at 11 points.Β  πŸ˜€

is there any better comfort food than that?

Stats for the Day:

  • 29 points for food (36 points with wine)
  • no exercise
  • average blood sugar 145

So far day 1 was good – I was busy, felt like I was actually contributing to something, which is nice! πŸ˜€Β  Today me and one of the attorneys are going to check out a new gym by our office – I think someone said we could almost walk to it from our office – I am hoping they will give us the resident rate since our office is in the same town – fingers crossed!

Tonight is Hanging with Hannah night and I really want toΒ hit the gym.Β  I am worried about this weeks weigh in because of the lack of exercise.Β  πŸ™

Question of the Day:Β  Are you good with change?Β  Does it bother you, or are you aΒ “go with the flow” kind of person?Β 

Pretty sure I am a go with the flow person! πŸ˜€Β 

I had to share this video of my step-sons cat – I want to say half of his pictures on his facebook page involve his cat! πŸ˜€Β  Thanks for letting me share the video Joe – I miss you!Β  I couldn’t figure out how to add it directly to this post – so just click on Cowboy Cat. πŸ˜€

Cowboy Cat

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  • Maggie @ Say Yes to Salad
    April 20, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Meant to comment a while ago, but I usually read you on my phone! Congrats on the new job πŸ™‚ It sounds exciting. I like being busy too.

  • Marcia @Frugal Healthy Simple
    April 20, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Wow, I’m still amazed by the whirlwind job change. Exciting and scary!

  • Errign
    April 20, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Glad you’re adjusting to your new job πŸ™‚

    I bet you’ll be okay – your eating has been on track & sometimes some time off exercise jumpstarts your body to drop more weight πŸ™‚

  • Julie
    April 20, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    I like to think I’m a go with the flow type of person but the older I get, well it’s not quite as easy as it use to be. Still not a stick in the mud but just not as flowing either.
    I too get to go and work out tonight, it’s been since Saturday that I’ve been at the gym. I’m excited….that is so weird to say…I’m excited to exercise….but it’s true and I love it!!
    I hope the new job works out grandly for you. Change is hard but if it’s for the better, well then that’s what you need to do.
    Keep up the great work Bizz and have a blessed day today. Take care.

  • Erica
    April 20, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I am the SAME way- I hate being bored. Glad the first day went well and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you that the gym will work out. Jessica has so many amazing recipes. Love a good chicken or turkey burger. Hope today is just as good as yesterday

  • renee@mykitchenadventures
    April 20, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I really wish I was more of the go with the flow kind of person…but I am not. I try to approach change with a positive attitude though…even if I am just kidding myself..lol

    Fingers crossed for a discount from the gym for you!!

    I totally commiserate on this nasty ass weather. Can I just tell you how darn sick I am of it??? It feels like it has been winter for nearly 7 months!!! Geesh!

  • Green Dog Wine
    April 20, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    UMM yeah, just like your buffalo chili – that burger sounds AMAZING! πŸ™‚

  • MaryBe
    April 20, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    LOL @ Cowboy Cat!! I had to watch Ninja Cat and, I was shocked at the apple one. I have never ever seen a cat eat an apple! Hysterical!
    I hate change which is kind of opposite of what you’d expect.
    Do you read Emily at http://www.dailygarnish.com/recipes? She and her husband just started Recipages, which is seriously awesome and if I had my own recipes instead of copying others I would get it. You should look into it http://www.recipage.com/
    Congrats on surviving your first day!

  • Beth @ 990 Square
    April 20, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    I’m totally a “plan everything out and obsess about big changes” person. I wish I wasn’t, but it’s just how it is.

  • fittingbackin
    April 20, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I love to plan things out to a T, but love a change – such a challenge! I tend to go with the flow during the transition, then plan it out once i’m comfortable! πŸ™‚

    Sorry about your weather – BOO. On another note though – the chicken sandwich looks wonderful. You know what a fan I am of your chili so I’m sure this will be made shortly!!

  • Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
    April 20, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    I do not like change. I like to be organized and know what to expect.

    Love the burgers!

  • Bethany
    April 20, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I am a total go with the flow person…most of the time. I’m getting ready to move and find myself constantly worrying about it.

    Also, I always get ready to make Cincinnati chili but then stop myself for a couple reasons:
    1) I could just go and get it..literally 5 minutes from my house.
    2) What if it isn’t delicious?!

  • Danica
    April 20, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Congrats on the new job! I bet it was so strange and surreal to go through all of that. I am sad your WW club will be no more, but, I am sure you can find some people at the new place to cook with πŸ˜€

    Homemade Rice a Roni …..that just sounds and looks delicious. I never thought of trying to make my own. Great idea!


  • Heidi
    April 20, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    I’m a little of both when it comes to change. Sometimes I can just go with the flow but lately I’ve been freaking out a little more about one big change in particular….moving from Colorado (born and raised here) to Wisconsin.

  • Helen
    April 20, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    I spent my entire growing up life being forced to adapt to change. The result is that as an adult, I like to plan and know what’s happening. Mr. Helen is much better at adapting than I am.

    I won’t buy ground chicken but I will buy Perdue’s Ground Filet of Chicken Breast. It’s only breast meat ground up. It probably would be more cost effective to do my own but the convenience of grabbing the package keeps me going back!

    I think I would have left out the parm and topped my burger with blue cheese.

  • Lori
    April 20, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I swear – anything with Buffalo in it has my mouth watering! I think it’s my non-stop longing for wings & bleu cheese πŸ˜› (celery too – yeah…)

    Cowboy cat got some air on that jump!

    I think with change I’m a little bit of both – it all depends on the situation – including who it involves (besides me obviously…)

    Have fun on Hannah night – go for a power walk together – this way you’re having a great time with her & getting your workout in!

  • Dana - Food for Thought
    April 20, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Congrats on the new job… exciting stuff! I hope the gym works with you!

    Those burgers sound so amazing. Just one more reason I need to get a food processor!

  • Shelley B
    April 20, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I wondered how your first day went – sounds good. Like you, I prefer to be busy at work – nothing worse than sitting around there when you know you could be doing things at home! Hope the new gym works out – maybe you can get a good workout buddy with that person.

    Have fun Hanging with Hannah tonight!

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes
    April 20, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    I just saw your last post! Wow!!! Glad things are going okay!!

    I used to not be very good with change, but as I’m getting older, I’ve an easier time adjusting… Hope it stays that way as I know that (really) old people usually can’t handle change very well… πŸ™‚

    Have fun with Hannah!!!

  • Heather
    April 20, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    That burger looks amazing!
    I’m not really a “go with the flow” person – but I’m definitely better than I used to be!!

  • Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life
    April 20, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    OMG YUM! I’m not a huge fan of change in the beginning but once I get used to it, I’m usually okay.

  • Joey v
    April 20, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Wow that’s one impressive cat

  • Errign
    April 20, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Change bothers me a little bit, but at the same time I like it. The new challenges are scary, but good. Why I’m moving to Asheville in less than 50 days! πŸ™‚

  • Nicole, RD
    April 20, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    I always love my chili on pasta…yum πŸ™‚ And yes, comfort food at it’s finest! I love being busy at work too…I HAATE sitting around. My days drag so much then and I get restless! But to answer your question, I am terrible with change. Change stresses me out so badly…but not as much as it used to. I guess moving across the country time and time again and starting a new job frequently will do that to a person. But I do look forward to a regular schedule…some day πŸ™‚

  • Jen@jensdaily
    April 20, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Holy yum is right! Those burgers look so good!!!

  • Autumn @ Good Eats Girl
    April 21, 2011 at 2:14 am

    You know I’m going to have to make those burgers this weekend! πŸ™‚ They look GREAT!